Mariyum is a 33-year-old lady. She has been operating a beauty parlor for about two years. She offers many services to her customers such as makeup, hair styling and facials. Through her best services, she has become very famous on her street. In order to meet the increasing demands of her customers, she is interested in buying a bigger variety of cosmetics products for the parlor. But because of her limited cash on hand, she contacted Kashf Foundation to apply for her second loan. She needs a loan of Rs 35,000 to buy hair care products, skin products and creams for bleaching and whitening in large quantities. She is hoping to serve to more customers time after time. With the help of the loan, she will be able to generate more income that will help her in meeting her household expenditures.
About Kashf Foundation
Kashf Foundation is one of the leading microfinance providers in Pakistan, focused on expanding financial access for poor women across the country. The organization’s economic empowerment program has grown from 913 clients in 1999 to 284,653 clients as of May 2012, with a current outstanding portfolio of US$32 million.
Kashf has trained over 227,000 clients in basic financial literacy and systemized financial education since 2010, in addition to providing training in gender justice and empowerment to over 12,500 participants since 2011. This group includes clients, their husbands and adolescent boys in their communities.
Over the past 16 years, Kashf has disbursed an estimated 2 million loans. Today, it operates in 16 districts in Punjab province and 1 district in Sindh province through a network of 157 branches. It plans to open 19 new branches to cover all four of Pakistan’s provinces.